Today, on National Day of Mourning, we remember those who have died, been injured or became ill from their work. This year, it is especially relevant as frontline employees continue to work tirelessly through the pandemic and risk their safety to protect us from COVID-19. I cannot thank all the essential workers enough for keeping us safe and providing us with necessities through the pandemic.
Kanata North Update:
- Big community shout out: Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., get outside and join your neighbours in cheering on our frontline workers. Grab pots, pans, and noise makers to show how much we appreciate the work they are doing to protect our city.
- The Tulip Festival is coming to the west-end! Local residents are encouraging you to paint tulips on rocks and leave them out in front of your house or around the community for your neighbours to enjoy. The rocks are to be displayed all of May for everyone to enjoy!
City of Ottawa/Ottawa Public Health Update:
These are the latest updates from City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health (OPH):
- OPH has shared that there are 1,221 cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 71 deaths. This includes 67 new cases and sadly 12 new deaths today. There are 23 ongoing outbreaks in institutions.
- Today, OPH launched a Facebook page, Aging Well in Ottawa, for residents 55+ and their caregivers. The page will be monitored by OPH staff from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and provides credible information and resources on various healthy aging topics such as nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and more.
- It’s normal to feel anxious or stressed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to protect your mental health with OPH’s tips to take care of yourself such as disconnecting from media and connecting to loved ones virtually. Additionally, there are many resources that are still available via telephone, text, and online.
- The city and OPH are looking for webmasters to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The communications team has created some HTML code for our partners to add to their websites to help us spread our messaging through on page digital ads. You can reach them through the OPH’s social channels.
- Because many of us are staying home through the pandemic, it provides a great opportunity to get spring cleaning done. The City of Ottawa is providing tips to get it done safely and effectively. Happy cleaning!
The Government of Ontario shared the following updates:
- A new website, COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers, is being launched by the Ontario Government to support businesses facing unique challenges due to COVID-19. The province is prepared to allow temporary changes to provincial rules and regulations in order to remove any barriers that are hindering business and negatively impacting Ontario’s supply chain. Businesses that have pivoted their operations to produce health-related products, or those that have adjusted operations to adhere to the new regulations are encouraged to submit feedback on the website.
- The website builds on steps the government has already taken to help businesses respond to COVID-19, including:
- Providing $10 billion in provincial tax deferrals, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board premium deferrals, and other business supports.
- Providing more than $900 million in urgent relief to small businesses and their landlords through a new program, the Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA).
- Providing $50 million to help businesses such as manufacturers and distilleries retool so they can produce health-related products and supplies, such as ventilators, gowns, face masks and hand sanitizer.
- Permitting 24-hour construction for critical infrastructure.
- Permitting 24-hour deliveries in every municipality across the province to help grocery stores and pharmacies keep their shelves stocked.
- Allowing restaurants and bars to sell alcohol with food takeout or delivery orders.
The Canadian Government shared these updates:
- Today marked the first virtual Parliament Sitting where new Canadian modelling was released. Prime Minister Trudeau shared good news that the numbers suggest that physical distancing is working, however, we must stay on course to see the trends continue. Some highlights from the report include:
- The modeling is based on Canadians continuing to follow the guidelines provided by health officials, including but not limited to: stopping non-essential trips, physical distancing, and washing your hands often.
- The current strategy is to control the epidemic while increasing hospital capacity.
- The data shows that a large cause of the epidemic growth is deriving from outbreaks in long-term care homes and in other multi-dwelling spaces including shelters and correctional institutions.
- Canada’s number of cases is growing at a slower rate than many other countries. Cases in Canada are doubling every 16 days showing improvement from earlier in the pandemic when cases were doubling every three days.
- The Canadian Government announced that, working with the provincial and territorial governments, they will be releasing the shared principles regarding opening the economy. The framework will lay out the conditions that must be met to lift restrictions gradually driven by science. It is important to remember that relaxing guidelines too early will erase all the progress that we’ve made. Some criteria that must be in order to reopen the economy include:
- Health care system able to handle capacity of COVID-19 and non-COVID patients. This requires controlling the transmission of the virus.
- Sufficient public health capacity is in place to test, trace, isolate, and control the spread of the virus.
- Supporting vulnerable groups, communities, and key populations. Additionally, planning supports and monitoring of workplace protocols are in place to keep Canadians safe at their jobs and prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19.
- Restrictions on non-essential travel are eased and managed in a coordinated manner.
Thank you, Kanata North for continuing to do your part through the pandemic. From practicing physical distancing, volunteering your time and donating to those in need you are demonstrating the kindness and solidarity that defines our community. I am proud to be your City Councillor, and I hope you are proud of our community as well.
Stay safe. Stay home.